Right to Dream partners Egyptian billionaire

The Right To Dream Academy in Ghana and Egyptian billionaire Mohammed Mansour have reached an agreement that will promote the expansion of the football academy to recruit more young players to improve on their skills and take up careers in football.

The new partnership with the company, Man Capital LLP (“Man Capital”) owned by the wealthy and popular Egyptian businessman will create coaching opportunities for retired former Ghana players to learn the game some more and become top managers of the game.

The partnership will invest in ensuring its tradition of innovation and supporting children’s dreams across the country through football continues. The academy in Ghana will also continue to develop some of the best youth players in the country and focus on discovering many talents and developing high-performance athletes with a focus on education.

The partnership is also in line to help set up an academy like the one in Ghana and Denmark in West Cairo where the promotion of talents can be maximized.

The investment will also support the creation of a new pro women’s team to be formed in Egypt shortly after the academy launches, expansion of the women and girl’s programmes across the organisation which will also include the establishment of a professional women’s team in Ghana in the next 5 years, and the exploration of UK opportunities at club and academy level.

Under the terms of the partnership, Man Sports will assume majority control of Right to Dream with Tom Vernon remaining the other significant shareholder. Mr Mohamed Mansour, the Founder and Chairman of Man Capital, becomes Chairman of the Board of Right To Dream, while his son, Mr Loutfy Mansour, the CEO of Man Capital, becomes a Board member.

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Speaking about the investment, Mr Mohamed Mansour, Chairman and Founder of Man Capital, said: “I could not be prouder to be investing in and partnering with Tom and his team at Right To Dream, who are inspirational for the life-changing work they undertake with talented boys and girls across Africa, Europe and the Americas. We have long taken a close interest in the work they are doing and are delighted to be announcing our partnership today. Not only are we a family of football fans, indeed my uncle Mostafa Kamel Mansour even represented Egypt in the 1934 World Cup, but we are committed to supporting communities across Africa, through our foundations and other philanthropic activities.”

Tom Vernon, who continues in his role as CEO of Right to Dream Group, said: “For 20 years Right to Dream has been using football as a platform for social change, bringing life-changing opportunities through sport and education for children and their communities. This partnership helps Right to Dream move into the next stage of its global expansion, putting people and purpose at the centre of football. With the support of the Mansour family, we are creating a new standard of purpose-driven sports for clubs and players and building the leaders of tomorrow.”

“Ghana is where our academy journey started and where my heart lies, so to be able to invest in expanding our presence and impact in the country is a huge honour. The Right To Dream academy has helped to develop some of the best youth players in Ghana and is proof that there is a different way to develop elite athletes with strong education paths through purpose-driven football. Our expansion into Egypt and Europe is further evidence that Ghana can export its football values and culture not just its players.”

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Our academies do exactly that and once Egypt is firmly established, we’ll set our sights on the UK. With our partners and our strong experienced team, we are hungry to do more for the growing elite sporting talent and educational achievements of children coming through our academies, to help them achieve their dreams”, Vernon concluded.

By Yaw Ofosu Larbi|3news.com|Ghana